Volleyball ACCtion: Saturday, November 14
Nov. 14, 2009
ATLANTA - Senior Chrissy DeMichelis had 12 kills, but the No. 15 Florida State Volleyball team (25-2, 16-1 ACC) swept Georgia Tech (18-9, 12-5), 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-23) Saturday afternoon at O'Keefe Gym. The Yellow Jackets handed the Seminoles their only ACC loss earlier this season in Tallahassee, but came up short today.
Georgia Tech hit just .204 for the match compared to FSU's .275. The Jackets had three players score double-figures. After DeMichelis' 12, freshman Monique Mead and sophomore Bailey Hunter each had 10. Mead hit .333 for the match. The Seminoles had eight blocks compared to Tech's three and six service aces. The Jackets committed nine service errors in the match. Jury Ashley Tippins dished out a team-high 39 assists and had nine digs. Junior Jordan McCullers had 10 digs to lead the Jackets.
Florida State used its blocking to build an early 14-9 lead in the first set. The Seminoles had five blocks in the early going as Tech tried to hang tough. The Jackets were never able to get any closer than two points and dropped the set by a 25-20 score. Mead led the Jackets with four kills but they hit just .143 for the set compared to FSU's .375 clip.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - After falling in the first set, the Virginia Tech volleyball squad stayed confident and reeled off three straight victories in the next three frames to defeat Wake Forest, 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-18), on Saturday night in Cassell Coliseum.
As a team, Tech (18-10, 8-9 ACC) hit .284 and held Wake Forest (9-19, 7-10 ACC) to a .197 hitting percentage. Both teams recorded eight blocks, but the Hokies totaled six service aces, while the Demon Deacons only mustered one in the contest.
Set one proved to be the most competitive of the match, as the two squads tied each other 17 times the entire stanza. No team led by more than three the entire period. A Demon Deacon service error tied the frame for the 17th time at 22-22, but Wake Forest then buried the Hokies with a 3-0 run. Following a Tech timeout, the Deacs' Kristen White smashed a kill to capture the opening frame, 25-22.
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson volleyball earned their 21st win of the season and their 15th sweep of the season, taking out the Miami Hurricanes, 3-0, (25-20, 25-22, 25-23) on Saturday night. Lia Proctor and Sandra Adeleye each had 13 kills as Clemson (21-8, 11-6 ACC) held Miami's (16-11, 9-8 ACC) league-leading attacker Lane Carico to nine kills and a .083 hitting night.
Kelsey Murphy recorded her 5,000th career assist in the second set, and led Clemson to a .271 hitting mark on the night with her 37 assists in three sets. Alexa Rand broke the freshman single-season blocks record with her 144th block of the season. She broke the mark of 143, held by former All-American and current volunteer assistant coach Danielle Hepburn.
Didem Ege had 15 digs on the night, leaving her only two shy of the ACC career digs record of 2,238. Fellow Istanbul native Cansu Ozdemir had 13, as Clemson had 50 digs to Miami's 33.
Charlottesville, Va. - The Virginia volleyball team dropped a hard-fought match to the Duke Blue Devils on Senior Day Saturday evening in Memorial Gymnasium. Despite winning a thrilling first set and dropping a close second set, the Cavaliers weren't able to hold on, as Duke escaped with a 3-1 (24-26, 27-25, 25-15, 25-22) victory.
Following a short ceremony to honor Virginia's three seniors, Lauren Dickson, Tara Hester and Brittani Rendina, the Cavaliers used their energy to battle the Blue Devils to the end of the opening set. The two squads exchanged the early points, working the score to an even 11-11 tie. The Cavaliers then went on a 4-0 run to break the stalemate and force Duke to call a timeout.
Out of the break, the Cavaliers' attack was able to top the Blue Devils, riding seven kills on seven swings from junior Kendahl Voelker, Virginia won the set, 26-24.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College volleyball team fell to North Carolina 3-0 Saturday night in the Power Gymnasium in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Eagles are now 12-16 on the year while North Carolina improves to 15-13.
BC looked to grab a key win in its final home match of the season. Despite 12 kills and a .150 hitting percentage by the team, the Tar Heels were ready for the Eagles' attack and took the opening set 25-21. North Carolina continued to be the stronger team in the second set, not allowing the BC's nine kills and .031 hitting percentage to deter them. The Eagles were unable to recover and found themselves down 2-0 in the match.
The third set was the Eagles' best showing throughout the night, as the team blasted 16 kills and a .324 hitting percentage against the Tar Heels. However, BC was unable to right the ship and fell to North Carolina, 3-0.